Wednesday, 27 May 2015

REVIEW : If I Stay by Gayle Forman


Title: If I Stay

Author: Gayle Forman

Genre: YA Contemporary

Star Rating: 2**

Goodreads Synopsis
The critically acclaimed, bestselling novel from Gayle Forman, author of Where She WentJust One Day, and Just One Year

In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family. '

Now a major motion picture starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia's story will stay with you for a long, long time.

I'm not going to lie to you, I really didn't enjoy this book. Shock horror! This novel really just didn't do it for me and I'm not entirely sure why. This was definitely something that I was interested in and if I hadn't read it yet and read the synopsis I would pick it up now but, I really couldn't get on with this book. I found the character of Mia very ungrateful and self- centred and I found her story to be overly exaggerated. 

If you haven't read this yet, then this book basically follows a young girl called Mia who gets into a car accident in which all her family members die but, she is stuck 'in between', she's not dead, yet she's not alive. Mia has an out of body experience in which she relives and remembers the past and also has the chance to see the effect this accident has had on people outside of her family and she is faced with the choice as to whether she wants to die to be with her family or to fight and survive and be with those that love her outside of her family. 

I had really high hopes for this book because of the hype that had surrounded it and I think that is where the problems first started. Because I had read so many reviews I became convinced that this would be a great read however, I was disappointed when I started to read. I did love the concept of the novel and I liked the parts in the books where we flicked back to past events because that really helped bring Mia's family to life and helped us see what she is having to choose between making her choice a bit more real shall we say. I also enjoyed Gayle Forman's writing in general however, I really didn't like the character of Mia. Again, I can't really pinpoint why I didn't like this character in particular, I just didn't like her. 

This is one of those rare cases that I actually enjoyed the movie more than the book. I thought Chloe Grace Moretz kind of humanised Mia for me and I found it much easier to sympathise with her and her story rather than what was presented to me in the novel. 

So, that's my review for today! As usual I will leave my Book Depository Affiliate link in the comments below in case you would like to check out this book and I will also link you to the Amazon page where you can pick up the DVD if you'd like to check that out as well.

Thanks Guys!
See You Soon!

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